An article placed by www.pakistantoday.com.pk discussed about an international symposium on “Climate Smart Sustainable Rice and Wheat Production System” that emphasized on a systematic approach to address food security challenge in Pakistan. The event jointly held by the University of the Punjab and COMSTECH, UPSIGN, SAWIE, SACAN and Dawood Agro was aplatform to discuss importance of design policies, farming solutions, and improved management of the most important resources of soil and water to address the climate change crisis.
To ensure effective food security research and industry linkages play a vital role in developing new technologies and promoting farmers to enhance their yield.
Another scope of issues raised on the event concerned water availability in Pakistan that has dropped to 1,017 cubic meters from 5300 in 1947 and may lead to serious water scarcity by 2025. This may result in significant water shortages for the next generation of farmers.
There is an urgent need to develop advanced approaches for efficient and sustainable water management, improving nutrient use efficiency, reducing the crop losses from pests and diseases and thus requires utmost priority in national planning.